With the Patriots in talks to trade receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings -- information initially reported by Foxsports.com and since confirmed by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter -- the question is what Bill Belichick might be thinking with this type of deal.
The first thought that came to mind was Richard Seymour.
If a trade like this were to be finalized, my opinion is that it would have to be Seymour-like for the Patriots to do it, unless the team privately had chemistry concerns with Moss.
Seymour was entering the final year of his contract -- and the Patriots didn't expect him back the following season -- when the club traded him to the Oakland Raiders for a 2011 first-round draft choice on Sept. 6, 2009.
It was the type of deal that set the Patriots back in the short term, but produced a valuable asset to help the team sustain success over the long haul.
Moss is currently in a similar situation as Seymour was prior to the trade. He is in the final year of his contract and doesn't expect to be back with the Patriots in 2011.
So if the Vikings are willing to part with a valuable asset like a first-round pick, I could envision the Patriots being enticed to strike that type of deal. The only other reason to make the deal, and potentially accept lower compensation, is if there are private chemistry concerns with Moss.